Egyptian arrested for ‘sextortion’

By Jeffrey Damicog

An Egyptian national has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for trying to extort from woman with the threat to release their sex videos.

NBI Deputy Director Vicente De Guzman III identified the arrested suspect as Egyptian Amr Sayed Azab.

Azab was arrested by agents of the NBI’s Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD) during an entrapment operation in Malate, Manila last Tuesday.

Following his arrest, Azab was brought for inquest before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office for robbery/extortion and for violating Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act).

De Guzman said Azab was arrested based on the complaint of his female victim.

The victim recounted that she and the suspect started a romantic relationship in March 2017.

But the following month, she said the suspect threatened to expose their relationship to her family.

Just last July, the victim met with the suspect again and, while under the influence of illegal drugs forced on her by the suspect, Azab recorded their sexual acts with a hidden camera.

The suspect threatened to release the video on Facebook if she does not accede to his demands including a car, laptop and P3,000.

Because of the threats, the victim sought the help of the NBI which effected the arrest of the suspect.